Christine Wong is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Melbourne. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Christine Wong was Professor and Director of Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, where she was a Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall. Professor Wong has also held the Henry M. Jackson Professorship in International Studies at the University of Washington, and taught economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Berkeley; and Mount Holyoke College.
In addition to a distinguished academic career, Professor Wong has held senior staff positions in the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Over the past twenty years she has worked extensively with the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, as well the IMF, UNDP, UNICEF, and the UK Department for International Development. She is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures.
Professor Wong is a leading authority on China's public finance. Her work on public finance, central-local relations and their implications for governance, economic development and welfare in China are widely cited, including several major World Bank studies for which Professor Wong was principal author.